WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan has stated that he will knock out rival Derry Mathews if the Liverpudlian tries to bring the fight to him this Saturday.

The 29-0 Mancunian travels to Mathews’ hometown Liverpool for his second world title defence, and the 26-year-old made it clear that the longer the fight progresses, the more difficult it will get for his 32-year-old opponent.

“It’s going to be a hard fight to start with, early on. Then it all depends on Derry and his tactics. Whether he’s going to come and force it. If he forces it, then I think he gets knocked out,” Flanagan said.

“I think that the longer it goes, the tougher night it’ll be for him.”

“We had five days off with the injury, started training back fully on the Monday. I just didn’t want to go into a fight not 100%. No excuses. I wouldn’t sleep at night if I got beaten.”

When asked if he thought he was the best lightweight in the country, the Mancunian was clear: “This country? By far. I’m the best in the country.”

Watch Turbo Terry’s interview with IFL TV in full below: